Jackson’s review published on Letterboxd:
Is The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson’s best? Without a doubt. I’ve only seen two Wes Anderson films (this and Fantastic Mr. Fox), but out of the two, this is without a doubt his better film. The film is so unique, and that’s what I love about it. The first thing I want to talk about is probably the main thing that comes to mind when talking about Grand Budapest, that being the cinematography.
The cinematography in this film was incredibly beautiful. Every single shot through the 1 hour and 40-minute runtime, had some beautiful and a bit majestic to it. Many things make the cinematography so great. Like the beautiful color palette mainly consisting of different shades of pink, blue, red, and yellow. The set design of each shot and the costumes people are wearing in each shot also contribute to the greatness.
I’m thrilled this film didn’t suffer the case of style over substance. As much as I was excited about the film, that was my greatest fear. I thought there would be great visuals for a weak story. But no, there is a great story to go with the mouth-watering visuals. The story has some twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, the story has drama, the story has comedy, and best of all, the story has lots of heart. That’s the thing I really liked about the story. It has lots of heart mainly because of the different relationships between characters and how those relationships grow.
The only other thing I’ve seen Ralph Fiennes in was the Harry Potter series. Haven’t watched those in a long time, but from what I remember, he was fine. He wasn’t all that exceptional, but still good. But in Grand Budapest, that’s a different story. Fiennes is absolutely brilliant as M. Gustave. He proves that he can not only do drama, but also comedy. Fiennes balances these perfectly and never does it feel weak.
“What happened, my dear Zero, is I beat the living sh*t out of a sniveling little runt called Pinky Bandinski, who had the gall to question my virility. Because, if there's one thing we've learned from penny dreadfuls, it's that when you find yourself in a place like this, you must never be a candy ass; you've got to prove yourself from day one. You've got to win their respect. You should take a long look at his ugly mug this morning. He's actually become a dear friend. You'll meet him, I hope so.”
A performance that rivals Fiennes’s is Tony Revolori’s as the young Zero. Like Fiennes, Revolori proves that he can do both drama and comedy and balance them perfectly. Besides them, everyone else in the film was great. The cast for the film was absolutely STACKED. Some of the other actors that appear in the film are Saoirse Ronan, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, and many MANY more. And as I said, they were all great.